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Marines Develop New Comms Tech for Multiple Platform Availability

ManpackRadio1The U.S. Marine Corps has reached the final stage in the development of a new hardware technology that aims to deliver communications security and availability across multiple platforms.

The Marine Corps Systems Command will continue its work on the Secure Communications Controller to support communications between U.S. and foreign military partners as well as between emergency personnel and first responders, the Marines said Thursday.

“Previously, marines were limited in their ability to communicate between disparate communications systems,” said Basil Moncrief of MCSC’s Marine Air-Ground Task Force Command, Control and Communications program office.

The report said the Marines developed SCC as part of the Small Business Innovation Research program.

The 15-pound SCC is capable of connecting with tactical radios, cellular networks, land mobile radios and VoIP and has previously been tested during the Ssang Yong exercise in South Korea in 2014.

According to the Marines, SCC will undergo capabilities tests at the 2016 Ssang Yong exercise.

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